November 6 2010
Last summer, while searching the shelves at WHSmith for potential summer reads, I came across a book called “The Old Girl Network“. The catchy title and beautifully illustrated cover are what drew me close. It’s a book by the author Catherine Alliott, and it’s about a young lady called Polly, who finds herself helping a stranger to find his lost love, and in the process finds love for herself. One thing I have to say is, i’m a sucker for romance, so approving very much of the synopsis, I bought it. Catherine’s writing style is just excellent! She captures the reader with every word. She’s got a bit of a sarky vibe and I found that very entertaing when I read the book. I’m very sure that every young woman would somehow relate to the character Polly. The book had some interesting twists and turns, and was surprisingly not as cliche as some of the usual romance books go!
I was glad to find that there was a sequel to this book, “Going to far“, which continues Polly’s story. I also bought another of Catherine’s bestsellers, “The Real Thing“. I’m very excited to read both, and can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.
The butterfly detailed journal pictured is from Topshop. I don’t mind splurging on journals because I enjoy writing! This one’s especially pretty and the leaves have the most amazing texture!
I’m also reading November’s Issue of Vogue, and eagerly awaiting for December’s.
What are your current/fave reads?
You can leave a comment or post about it on your blog, and link me to it! 🙂


  • Reply Dutchess Roz November 6 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Hey Shirley

    Lovely post! I have read “Not that kind of girl” & “A crowded marriage” by Catherine Alliot and LOVED them 🙂
    If you like these kind of books I recommend reading all Marian Keyes books or Sophie Kinsella, both BRILLIANT.
    Here a review about Sophie’s latest book:

    I love all these kinds of books so if you ever want to borrow any ? 😉
    xoxo Roz

  • Reply Shirley November 6 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks Roz, i’ll deffo pop on over and have a look! 😀 xx

  • Reply Aysh November 6 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Heya hun! Awww great post, I am a sucker for a good romance, with a bit o’comedy & drama thrown in too! I’ve always noticed Catherine Alliots books but have never read so will deffo be checking them out! Gosh I have so many fav authors but if I were to narrow it down some I would say, Marian Keyes, Fiona Walker, Louise Bagshawe & Sandra Brown…& thats cutting it down! You could say I’m a bit of a bookworm 😉

    Aysh xoxo

  • Reply Dami.J.Lawal November 6 2010 at 8:22 pm

    hey, great post. i enjoy a little bit of literature as well, a good authour that i like is ‘sophie kinsella’ great humour and always ends in romance. Still searching for books by her.

    take care, x

  • Reply Lola November 6 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I am not a reader in the slightest but i really like the way you described the book as a whole, especially the part when you said ‘She captures the reader with every word’. It makes me want to be captured. I can see myself picking it up and getting hooked.

  • Reply brooklyndolcevita November 7 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I’m an avid reader and I’ll definitely check this book out.

    By the way, I too love journals!

  • Reply nbudham November 8 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Shirley,
    I tried searching for the books you recommended in my local library here in the U.S.but wasn’t successfully, I will check to see if the books are available on Amazon in the mean time I’m reading “Daughters of Darkness” by V.C.Andrews (Ava and Lorelei…Two beautiful sisters with a chilling family secret. One hungry desire that could shatter their blood ties forever.) I’m a big fan of Vampire novels, also a fan of V.C.Andews books, She’s the bestselling author of “Flowers in the Attic”

  • Reply Sankofa November 11 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I adore reading and I’ll read anything as long as it’s interesting. Haven’t really read anything with a lot of romance in it lately but I know I’ve read a few of Catherine Alliot’s books many moons ago. I enjoyed them as well as Jill Mansell’s and Louise Bagshawe’s books. Definitely check out Louise Bagshawe if you like Alliot.

    If you’re in a more “literary” mood check out “I capture the castle” by Dodie Smith and “The thing around your neck” by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. Let us know more about your reading habits; I’m nosy!

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